About Us

Our Collective Power

1970

The World’s First First Earth Day

1 billion

Individuals mobilized for the future of the planet

75K +

Partners working to drive positive action

Our Mission

Our mission? To build the world’s largest environmental movement to drive transformative change for people and planet.

Earth Day Network’s mission is to diversify, educate and activate the environmental movement worldwide. Growing out of the first Earth Day in 1970, Earth Day Network is the world’s largest recruiter to the environmental movement, working with more than 75,000 partners in over 190 countries to drive positive action for our planet. 

In 1970, 20 million Americans mobilized to call for greater protections for our planet

Discover the history of the Earth Day movement

The history of Earth Day

our vision for change

Our world needs transformational change. It’s time for the world to hold sectors accountable for their role in our environmental crisis while also calling for bold, creative, and innovative solutions. This will require action at all levels, from business and investment to city and national government.

That’s where you come in: As an individual, you wield real power and influence as a consumer, a voter, and a member of a community that can unite for change.

Don’t underestimate your power. When your voice and your actions are united with thousands or millions of others around the world, we create a movement that is inclusive, impactful, and impossible to ignore.

As the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day approaches, the time is long overdue for a global outpouring of energy, enthusiasm, and commitment to create a new plan of action for our planet. Earth Day 2020 can be the catalyst that galvanizes an unparalleled global collaboration.

Successes

From voter registration to a Billion Acts of Green, learn about our successes over nearly half a century

Our Hard-Fought Victories

Our Board of Directors

Meet the global leaders lending their expertise and creativity to the Earth Day Network Board of Directors.

Discover the 50th anniversary global advisory committee

Global Advisory Committee

HOW WE WORK

BROADEN
At every turn, EDN works to broaden the definition of “environment” to include issues that affect our health and our communities, such as greening deteriorated schools, creating green jobs and investment, and promoting activism to stop air and water pollution.

DIVERSIFY
With our partner organizations, EDN provides civic engagement opportunities at the local, state, national and global levels around the world. Recognizing that climate change impacts vulnerable and marginalized communities first and most severely, EDN often works with low-income communities to bring their voices and issues into the movement.

* Earth Day Network is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.

MOBILIZE
From its very inception, Earth Day has been about civil society mobilization:

In 1970, 20 million individuals — at the time, 10% of the U.S. population — mobilized to call for greater protections for our planet. This became the world’s first Earth Day.

In the 49 years since that first Earth Day, EDN has created civically–oriented innovative programs with partners both inside and outside of the environmental movement to tackle new challenges. Our environmental campaigns mobilize individuals around the world on issues from voter registration to environmental education.

As we look to 2020 and the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, Earth Day Network is working with partners around the world to build a historic moment when citizens of the world will rise up in a united call for the creativity, innovation, ambition, and bravery that we need to meet our climate crisis and seize the enormous opportunities of a zero-carbon future.

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The World’s Largest Movement Needs You

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